Easy Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Veggies

Noodles with peanut sauce in white bowls

This recipe for Easy Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Veggies is exactly the sort meal we all need on a busy weekday. It’s an entry-level easy dish to make with a sauce that comes together in mere minutes. It’s a terrific pantry meal with lots of flexibility to use what you have. Most of all, though, it’s darn tasty.

Noodles with peanut sauce and vegetables in white bowls

Nutritious Peanut Noodles

The flavors in this bowl might remind you of the peanut sauce that comes with Thai-style satay or summer rolls at your favorite Vietnamese restaurant. It’s a combination of peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sriracha. Give it an extra kick of umami by adding a spoonful of miso if you have it. Everything gets tossed with whatever noodles you prefer along with your favorite vegetables. The combination adds up to a nourishing one-dish meal. Make it with whole-grain noodles and you’ll get plenty of fiber, along with healthy fats, protein, and all the nutrients that come along with the veggies. It’s flavorful and satisfying.

A Versatile Recipe

This is a terrific pantry meal, since you can use what you have on hand. It’s very flexible that way. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Make it with any long noodle, such as spaghetti, soba, or udon.
  • Use any vegetables you enjoy that are crunchy when raw, such as cucumbers, snap peas, or bell peppers. Alternatively, cooked edamame or other blanched vegetables, such as blanched broccoli or green beans will work, too.
  • Swap in another nut or seed butter if have a peanut allergy in your house. The flavor will be different, of course, but the creamy consistency will be much the same.
  • Enjoy this warm, or eat it cold or room temperature as a leftover.

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Easy Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Veggies

A simple weeknight supper with a flavorful, just-spicy-enough peanut sauce. It's a very flexible recipe that works with any number of vegetables and a variety of noodles. Pack it up the next day and enjoy warm or cold as a leftover lunch.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Keyword noodles with peanut sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 480 kcal
Author Katie Morford

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces spaghetti, udon, or soba noodles (whole wheat, brown rice, or other favorite spaghetti, udon, or soba noodles)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened, creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white or mellow miso paste (optional)
  • 3-5 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha (adjust if you prefer it spicier or not)
  • 2 1/2 cups diced crunchy raw vegetables in any combination (cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, carrots, and snap peas all work well)
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, light green and white parts only
  • Fresh cilantro leaves to garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti/noodles and cook al dente according to package directions.

  2. While the pasta cooks, in a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons water, and sriracha until creamy and smooth. The sauce should be creamy and not too thick. Add more water, if needed. Set aside.

  3. Dice the vegetables and set aside.
  4. Once the pasta is done, drain well and transfer to the bowl with the peanut sauce. Add the vegetables and scallions and toss well so the noodles are evenly coated with sauce. Taste and add more sriracha if you prefer it spicier. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve immediately. If the pasta gets sticky as it sits, add another tablespoon or two of water (or a splash of sesame oil if you have it) to thin the sauce.

Comments

08.31.2015 at10:21 AM #

Sonali- The Foodie Physician

This looks so simple and flavorful- absolutely perfect for a busy weeknight meal! Nothing beats a good umami bomb 🙂

08.31.2015 at10:21 AM #

Katie Morford

I agree on all fronts, Sonali. Would love to have you join us for the Twitter chat if you are free. Your recipes and ideas are always so inspired!

08.31.2015 at10:59 AM #

Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition

I can’t wait to join you and Sherry for the Twitter party! I also think any recipe that is considered an umami-bomb is da-bomb! Sorry, I had to 😉

08.31.2015 at10:59 AM #

Katie Morford

You’re forgiven. Look forward to having you chime into the conversation. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of great ideas to share!

08.31.2015 at12:42 PM #

Emily @ Zen & Spice

Love the twitter chat topic! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

08.31.2015 at12:42 PM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Emily!

09.01.2015 at10:14 AM #

Heather Christo

this looks great Katie! Love the flavors!

09.01.2015 at10:14 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks, lady!

09.01.2015 at6:13 PM #

Hayley

if a person is allergic to peanuts, what would you substitute? (Sorry National Peanut Board).

09.01.2015 at6:13 PM #

Katie Morford

🙂 I’ve only made it with peanut butter, but I would probably make it with cashew butter. Sunflower butter if tree nuts are off limits too.

09.04.2015 at11:44 AM #

aida mollenkamp

I’m always game for a good bowl of peanut noodles!

09.04.2015 at11:44 AM #

Katie Morford

Total comfort food for me!

09.07.2015 at9:05 PM #

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

Peanut noodles are one of my family’s favorite weeknight meals. I always make a huge pot thinking I’ll have leftovers, but we rarely do! Sorry i missed the Twitter chat – I’m sure it was great!

09.07.2015 at9:05 PM #

Katie Morford

They can be rather addictive! And yes, the Twitter chat was a lot of fun. Maybe next time.

03.07.2016 at11:23 AM #

Willow

This was really good. I added tofu and sauteed celery. My 12 year old loved it.

03.07.2016 at11:23 AM #

Katie Morford

Great additions. So glad it went over well in your house! Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate hearing from everyone.

11.04.2017 at8:11 AM #

Anne Mullen

I’m so tired of all the things I usually cook (truthfully, I’m tired of cooking anything), so a new easy recipe is welcome. I love peanut sauce, so this might be exactly what I need. Thanks, Katie.

11.04.2017 at8:11 AM #

Katie Morford

I hope you like it. It’s good as a leftover or you could cut the recipe in half if you are just cooking for two.

03.04.2022 at7:47 PM #

Caitlin

What fish dish would be paired well with this dish?

03.04.2022 at7:47 PM #

Katie Morford

I would probably opt for something with Thai or other Asian flavors. You could check out my Miso Ginger Salmon as a starting point.

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